OIL PAINT ON CANVAS
30 IN. X 24 IN.
As I clear my conscious mind it peels away to reveal the vast unconscious dimensions of my greater being. Because this awareness produced in me a natural affinity for eastern thought I refer to my works as Jataka Tales or simply Jatakas. I see the challenges, enigmas, sentiments, and ephemera of my experience as similar to the historical 3rd person Jataka narratives of Gautama Buddha prior to his enlightenment. The term 'Budgie-Sattva' within my oeuvre is an appropriation combining the word budgie (parrot) with a bodhisattva, or one who is still on the path toward perfect awareness.
The traditional J?taka tales are an interesting collection of Buddhist allegories which recognize the subjective journey toward enlightenment by illustrating the groundwork an individual goes through. That groundwork manifests as incarnations of personal identity, experience, and learning; a framework allowing me to build a body of paintings pulling from my exterior and interior life. Traditional Jataka tales describe multiple past lives of the Gautama Buddha, where each identity is a separate incarnation. In my works, these multiple incarnations of self are contained within one life. In effect, I am narrating contemporary J?taka tales from the 1st person perspective.
OIL PAINT ON CANVAS, 30 IN. X 24 IN., 2016
A surreal portrait conveying a mutual influence between the synthetic and the natural.